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Hello Dolly Bars

A welcome indulgence when the holidays roll around (and sometimes during non-holiday seasons, if I’m being honest) are these wonderful Hello Dolly bars. My girlfriend Paula got me addicted to them at an early age (D.A.R.E. didn’t teach me squat about saying no to the sweet drugs in this confection). They’re the perfect housewarming treat, birthday or Christmas/Hanukkah gift, and a thank-you gift for being treated to a lovely Thanksgiving meal at your boyfriend’s parents’ ranch. That last one probably…
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Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake

via I’ve been making what is now known as Kristina’s Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake for about 4 or 5 years now, and every Thanksgiving it is a staple at our dinner table. BUT, this year I’ll be spending Turkey day with HB’s family out on his ranch in the Hill Country (yes, that’s still Texas). So what to do? Why, bake not one but two pumpkin cheesecakes of course! The funny thing about blogging is, it makes you want to share everything. I…
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Tiramisu for Two

Since [houston] is in Los Angeles and I am in Texas, the whole dessert-for-two thing didn’t really pan out as romantic as I’d envisioned it. So I ate enough for both of us. Problem solved. Click here for a nice tiramisu recipe.
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Sausage & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

My longtime family friend Kathy is an amazing cook. She has a real gift and whenever my family gets word that Kathy’s doing the cooking for a get-together, there is 100% attendance (no small feat). A long time ago I remember Kathy making these amazing stuffed mushrooms, and marveling at its paucity of ingredients. Technically, just three (but I added in the garlic for fun). Three. Ingredients.
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Pomegranate Ice Cream

This recipe is so simple, so gorgeous, and so ungodly delicious that I simply couldn’t keep it from you guys. I’ve been making it since forever. I know most of you are like myself and neither own nor have any plans to purchase an ice-cream maker. What’s the point if you dust it off once every few years out of guilt? Nah, for this recipe all you need is a little elbow grease (or for my fellow lazy-asses, a stand…
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Making an Easy Tres Leches Cake

I'll admit, the idea of baking just about anything other than a refrigerator cookie threatens my continence. But there are actually some things you can bake with nothing more than simple ingredients, a hand mixer, a spatula, and....lots of milk. Follow along with tons of step-by-step pictures as a visual guide to making a tasty Tres Leches cake!

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Sweet & Sticky Drumsticks

1/2 c balsamic vinegar 1/2 c honey 1/2 c light brown sugar, packed 1/4 c soy sauce 5 fresh rosemary sprigs 5 garlic cloves, halved 10-12 chicken drumsticks 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 1/4 c chopped flat leaf parsley leaves Can’t tell you the recipe because it’s not my own. But if you want it, go buy Giada de Laurentiis’s book “Giada’s Kitchen” and turn to page 218. It’s what I’m cookin’ tonight, along with a greek salad.
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